2018/2019 Season

Thin Edge New Music Collective, Tiff and Riparian Acoustics present


dir. Sarah Hennies | USA 2017 | 50 min. Video

Sarah Hennies' Contralto has generated a wave of critical praise since its debut at the Brooklyn’s Issue Project Room last year. An experimental documentary designed to be performed with live musical accompaniment, Contralto — which takes its title from the term for the lowest female singing voice — is based on a common practice among transgender women, whereby they learn to change their voices in order to be perceived as “female.” Unlike transgender men, whose voices deepen due to the testosterone prescribed during hormonal therapy, the voices of transgender women remain unchanged by estrogen therapy, and require conscious practice to achieve a higher pitch.

In Contralto, onscreen interviews with and vocal exercises performed by seven transgender women are accompanied by a live score that emphasizes timbre, pitch and tone — qualities of sound that, when found in voices, often signify culturally determined gender cues. Conceived in part as a “protest piece” that challenges the audience to “change their definition of what they think a woman sounds like,” Contralto is a visceral and beautiful exploration of identity through sound.

Contralto is brought to Toronto in conjunction with Tiff and Riparian Acoustics. TENMC will be performing the piece along with a brand new composition commissioned especially for the collective. TENMC performers for the evening include Ilana Waniuk (violin), Nelson Moneo (viola), Amahl Arulanandam (cello), Adam Scime (double bass), Cheryl Duvall (keyboard/percussion), Nathan Petitpas (percussion) and Germaine Liu (percussion). 

General admission- $14


Contralto is presented with generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Tiff, Riparian Acoustics, and Arraymusic


2017/2018 Season

FUSING: Premieres VII

Thin Edge New Music Collective and The Music Gallery Present:

Fusing: Premieres VII

June 22nd, 2018

918 Bathurst- Toronto

Doors 7:30pm Concert: 8:00pm

Tickets: $22 Advanced, $25 At the Door, $20 Music Gallery Members/Seniors/Arts Workers, $15 Students

Travel outside the new musical box with a twist on TENMC's annual premieres series. Fusing will include 6 new interdisciplinary premieres fusing new music with dance, circus, literary, visual, theatrical and media arts by emerging artists for near and far, including: Kaie Kellough + Jason Sharp, Rebecca Leonard, Juro Kim Feliz, Amy Hull, Dan Tapper, Viola Yip, Patrick McGraw, Janet Sit and Sonja Rainey.

Fusing is presented with generous support from the Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, the SOCAN Foundation, The Music Gallery, Dream Cymbals and Arraymusic.


February 2, 2018

Doors: 7:30pm ~ Show: 8:00pm

Arrayspace-155 Walnut Ave

Tickets available at the door: $20 General, $15 arts worker


In an age of instantaneous communication, Spanish-German composer Maria de Alvear’s music requires listeners to transcend the pace of modern living. TENMC’s third concert, ‘Thinking’ is named after Alvear’s hour-long work for piano, violin, pre-recorded video and live video, paired with the world premiere of a new work by Stratford-based composer Marci Rabe.





Co-presented by Thin Edge New Music Collective and the Canadian Music Centre 

November 11th, 2017

Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph Street

Shows at: 3pm, 5:30pm, 8pm (doors open 30 min prior to each set)

Tickets available online: $25 regular, $20 st/sr/arts


TENMC invites you to become chamber music partners for an intimate evening of music making. Visual artist Sonja Rainey transforms Toronto’s CMC Chalmers Performance Space into an immersive canvas where audiences can experience one of three intimate performances (3pm, 5:30pm, 8pm). Each show will provide performers, composers and audience members with the chance to share and engage as part of a post concert talk back and reception. Our program includes the world premiere of Anna Höstman’s Harbour (2016) for solo piano, This Carefully Chosen Stillness (2017) by Adam Scime for violin and electronics, and Morton Feldman’s masterpiece of silent resistance, The King of Denmark for solo percussion.







October 10th, 2017

Doors: 7:30pm ~ Show: 8:00pm

Arrayspace-155 Walnut Ave

Featuring special guest: Shi-An Costello (世 安)

Tickets: General $20, st/sr/arts worker $15

Works by: Brian Ferneyhough, Shi-An Costello (世 安)Jessie MarinoElena Rykova,Morgan KraussKeith Kusterer

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Welcome to TENMC's 7th season! For our season opener, we're thrilled to be joined by Chicago-based pianist, composer, writer, actor, and activist Shi-An Costello (世 安) who will be performing works for speaking pianist alongside members of TENMC.  Come out to Arrayspace for an evening of works by Morgan Krauss, Jessie Marino, Elena Rykova, Keith Kusterer and a rare Toronto performance of Brian Ferneyhough's 'Opus Contra Naturam'. 






TENMC's 2017/2018 season is presented with generous support from: 





2016/2017 Season

Feldman Festival

Arrayspace 155 Walnut Ave

TENMC celebrates the 90th birthday of Morton Feldman in a 2 day festival.

Sept 15 - 8 pm 
Morton Feldman, Piano, violin, viola, cello 

Sept 16 - 6:30 pm
Linda Catlin-Smith gives a talk on Morton Feldman's life and musical legacy. Performance of Spring of Chosroes by Co-AD's Ilana Waniuk and Cheryl Duvall

Sept 16th-8 pm

Linda Catlin-Smith- Ribbon
Barbara Monk Feldman-The Northern Shore 
Morton Feldman- Three Voices (for Soprano and tape) - featuring guest artist- Charlotte Mundy (soprano)

Festival pass - General $36, st/sr/arts worker $26
Single ticket - General $20, st/sr/arts worker $15



Balancing on the Edge

Presented in association with Harbourfront Centre 
A Girl in the Sky Productions + TENMC

Sneak Preview- Nuit Blanche, October 1st, 7pm-7am Collective Space, 221 Sterling Rd. Unit #5

Harbourfront Centre Theatre- NextSteps Dance Series

November 18th 8pm, November 19th 2 + 8 pm

New circus and new music collide in boundary pushing, radical circus performances interpreting what it means to be ‘balancing on the edge’. Featuring special guest, DJ P-Love, works by John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, David Lang, Nicole Lizée and the world premiere of compositions by Scott Rubin and Nick Storring.

Ticket Prices: $15, $28,$35
(25% discount on groups of 10 or more)*

* Contact the Harbourfront Centre Box Office for more details: 416-973-4000 


Thin Edge New Music Collective and Balancing on the Edge would like to thank our generous sponsor:

Balancing on the Edge is presented with generous support from: 


Raging Against the Machine- Coming Together + CD Release 

Co-presentation with The Music Gallery (St. George the Martyr Church -197 John Street)

March 4th, 8pm, 2017

Montreal’s intrepid Ensemble Paramirabo and TENMC reunite to present works for double sextet featuring the Toronto premiere of new works by, Anna Pidgorna, Colin Labadie, James O’Callaghan, alongside Yannis Kyriakides' Karaoke Etudes and Frederic Rzewski's 'Coming Together'. Join us for the final stop of our Canadian tour and help celebrate the release of TENMC and EP's joint recording: Raging Against the Machine  featuring works by Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen, Anna HöstmanBrian Harman and Patrick Giguère on Redshift Records!

Tickets: $20 regular, $15 senior/student/arts worker/music gallery member



Raging Against the Machine-Coming Together' is presented in Toronto with generous support from:
The Music Gallery, Ontario Arts Council,  Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Arraymusic, SOCAN Foundation and
Dream Cymbals


Keys Wind and Strings Festival

Arrayspace-155 Walnut Ave


May 24th, 8pm, 2017

Keys Wind and Strings

Featuring special guests Olivia Steimel- Accordion + Solomiya Moroz-flute                                                                                                                                                   
Works by Allison Cameron, Gregory Lee Newsome, Uroš Rojko, Gabriel Erkoreka , Solomiya Moroz and Marielle Groven.


May 25th, 8pm, 2017

Premieres VI -  KWS Edition    
5 world premieres for TENMC and KWS by:
Jason Doell, Germaine Liu, Fjóla Evans , Kasia Czarski-Jachimovicz , and Tobias Eduard Schick.

Festival pass - General $36, st/sr/arts worker $26
Single ticket - General $20, st/sr/arts worker $15


TENMC's 2016/2017 Season is presented with generous support from:

Arraymusic, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council,  The Music Gallery, A Girl in the Sky Productions, Harbourfront Centre NextSteps Dance Series



2015/2016 Season

Light Show

Sunday, Nov 29th, 2015

8pm, The Music Gallery (197 John Street)

Inspired by the 2015 year of Light and Light Sciences, “Light show” will feature the Toronto premiere of “Music for Lamps”, an installation and performance work for 12 sound and light emitting lamps created and performed by Montreal-based guest artists Adam Basanta, Max Stein and Julian Stein. Light show will also include the world premiere of  Waldemar Haffkine (2015) for violin and piano by Michael Oesterle, Tristan Murail’s seminal spectral masterpiece Treize Couleurs du Soleil Couchant with illuminations created by artist Sonja Rainey, and Nicaraguan-American composer and guitarist Gabriel José Bolaños Chamorro’s “A Trip Down Market Street” for chamber ensemble and silent film.











Premieres V

Friday, February 12th 2016

8pm, Arrayspace (155 Walnut Ave)

Join us for an evening of firsts! TENMC presents 7 new works by emerging composers from across Canada and abroad: Andrzej Tereszkowski, Cecilia Livingston, Emily Hall, Luke Nickel, Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh, Jessica Mays and Brooks Frederickson.








“Are You Ready Brother?”

Friday, June 17th 2016

8pm, Arrayspace (155 Walnut Ave)

This concert is dedicated to showcasing the music of Russian-Canadian composer Nikolai Sergeevich Korndorf. Featured compositions include; “Yarilo” for solo piano, “Are you Ready Brother?”for piano trio, and “Dance in Metal in honour of John Cage” for solo percussionist. Our program will also include the premiere of a new work by former Korndorf student Gregory Lee Newsome as well as a pre-concert lecture by Newsome detailing Korndorf’s life and musical legacy.


All Tickets:

Online In Advance via Be-Mused: $18 regular, $13 students/seniors/arts workers

At the door: $20 regular, $15 students/seniors/arts workers



TENMC’s 2015/2016 season is presented with generous support from Arraymusic, Ontario Arts Council,  Canada Council for the Arts and the Toronto Arts Council. 


2014/2015 Season

Unusual Spectrum IV

Sunday, September 28th, 2014                                                                                                                                                
8pm, Array Space, (155 Walnut Ave)

Join us for an eclectic evening of contemporary chamber music including works by Luigi Nono, Alex Mincek, and Chaya Czernowin and featuring special guest guitarist Nilan Perera performing improvisations for prepared guitar.
This concert is generously  presented in association with Arraymusic .*











Cuatro Esquinas

Thursday, Nov 6th, 2014                                                                                                                                                         
8pm, Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Ave)

Cuatro Esquinas (Four Corners) is a collaborative concert project and cultural exchange featuring members of Thin Edge and visiting special guest artist, Argentinian pianist Laura Ventemiglia. In addition to works by established and emerging composers from both countries including Cecilia Villenueva, Marcos Franciosi and Gerardo Gandini from Argentina and Canadian composers Linda Catlin Smith, Mark Molnar and Adam Scime, our program will also feature two new works created especially for this project by Marcos Franciosi (Argentina) and Mark Molnar (Canada).  Rounding out the concert is a new duo for violin and piano by Marcelo F. Lazcano (Chile/USA) and selections for Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Natural Durations for solo piano as well as Daughters of the Lonesome Isle for prepared piano by John Cage.








Raging Against the Machine

Thursday, February 19th, 2015                                                                                                                                                                
8pm,  Music Gallery (St. George the Martyr Church -197 John Street)

'Raging Against the Machine' is an innovative concert program uniting emerging contemporary music ensembles from two of Canada's largest cultural centres. Ensemble Paramirabo (Montreal) and Thin Edge New Music Collective (Toronto) join forces to present a concert of works for double sextet including three new commissions by composers from Montreal and Toronto. This project aims to establish meaningful connections between artists and organizations with distinct geographical, cultural and linguistic identities.  ‘Raging Against the Machine’ features Steve Reich's Double Sextet, Louis Andriessen's Workers' Union, and a new work by Brian Harman for all 12 musicians. Additionally the program will include a new composition written for each respective ensemble by Anna Höstman* (Toronto) and Patrick Giguère (Montreal).

With  generous support from  the Canada Council for the Arts TENMC and Ensemble Paramirabo will be bringing ‘Raging Against the Machine’ to venues across Canada between February and April 2015 including performances presented by  New Music Edmonton, New Works Calgary, University of Manitoba, Wilfrid Laurier University, Music on Main/Little Chamber Music Series that could in Vancouver, and Open Space Art Society in Victoria.

*Canada Council for the Arts and Toronto Arts Council Commission.

This concert is co-presented with The Music Gallery  and  with generous support from the Toronto Arts Council, the SOCAN foundation, the Ontario Arts Council, Arraymusic, Roger D. Moore,  the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts.

April is the Cruelest Month

Sunday, April 12th, 2015                                                                                                                                                                       
8pm, Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Ave)

April is the Cruelest Month is a concert program exploring the concept of “cut poetry” in musical form. Our concert will feature Lukas Foss’s seminal work “13 ways of Looking at a Blackbird” (voice, piano, flute and percussion) , ‘Pourriez-vous être le couteau dans ma vie?” by Laurie Radford (piano trio with live electronics), and world premieres by Canadian composers Tawnie Olson and Emilie LeBel.*

*Ontario Arts Council Commission






Premieres IV

Friday, June 12th, 2015                                                                                                                                                                            
8pm, Array Space (155 Walnut Ave)

Join us for an evening of firsts! Premieres IV  will feature brand new works by emerging composers from across Canada and abroad including  Emily Hall (Montreal), Annie Hui-hsin hsieh (Australia), Colin Labadie (Guelph), Sophie Dupuis (Toronto), Jenny Beck (USA). Also featuring the world premiere of "Chill" by Irish composer Stephen Gardner for violin and piano.
This concert is generously  presented in association with Arraymusic.*

All Tickets:
In Advance: $18 regular, $13 senior/student/arts worker
At the door: $20 regular, $15 senior/student/arts worker










TENMC's 2014-2015 season is presented with generous support from the Ontario Arts Council.
Unusual Spectrum IV and Premieres IV are  presented in association with Arraymusic.*
"Raging Against the Machine"  is presented with generous support from the Toronto Arts Council, the SOCAN Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council, Arraymusic, Roger D. Moore,  the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts..**